Expression.Coalesce Method (Expression, Expression)

Creates a BinaryExpression that represents a coalescing operation.

Namespace:  System.Linq.Expressions
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)


Public Shared Function Coalesce ( _
    left As Expression, _
    right As Expression _
) As BinaryExpression
public static BinaryExpression Coalesce(
    Expression left,
    Expression right


Return Value

Type: System.Linq.Expressions.BinaryExpression
A BinaryExpression that has the NodeType property equal to Coalesce and the Left and Right properties set to the specified values.


Exception Condition

left or right is nulla null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


The Type property of left does not represent a reference type or a nullable value type.


left.Type and right.Type are not convertible to each other.


The Method property of the resulting BinaryExpression is nulla null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) and both IsLifted and IsLiftedToNull are set to false. The Type property is equal to the result type of the coalescing operation. The Conversion property is nulla null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

Result Type

The following rules determine the result type:

  • If left.Type represents a nullable type and right.Type is implicitly convertible to the corresponding non-nullable type, the result type is the non-nullable equivalent of left.Type.

  • Otherwise, if right.Type is implicitly convertible to left.Type, the result type is left.Type.

  • Otherwise, if the non-nullable equivalent of left.Type is implicitly convertible to right.Type, the result type is right.Type.

Version Information


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.0


For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.